Best of the Best Basketball Classic: Who will be the last team standing?


Chief Sports Editor


THE CR Walker Knights swept aside the St John’s Giants in the all- New Providence senior girls’ best-of-three final of the Best of the Best Basketball Classic on Saturday night.

Who will be the last team standing in the all- Grand Bahama senior boys’ final between the Sunland Baptist Stingers and the Tabernacle Baptist Falcons when they clash tonight at the St George’s Gymnasium?

Only two teams participated in the girls’ series of the joint Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Grand Bahama Secondary Sports Athletic Association Classic, sponsored by Aliv. The Knights, coached by Aikia Rose, powered their way to an impressive 47-34 win over the St. John’s College Giants, coached by Oswaldo Taylor in game one on Friday.

Raynia Russell, the most valuable player, led the attack with for the Knights with a game high 18 points. Reyanna Green paced the Giants with 15.

In game two on Saturday, CR Walker completed the two-game sweep of the best-of-three series with a close 30-26 win over St John’s College.

Once again, Russell canned eight points to lead the Knights in the win and the Giants got a game high 13 points from Green, but it wasn’t enough to force a third and deciding game.

Tonight, the boys championship will be played between the number two ranked Stingers and the third ranked Falcons in a rematch of the GBSSAA finals where Sunland prevailed over Tabernacle.

The Falcons, however, handed the Stingers their only loss so far in the tournament after they won 51-50 in their head- to-head matchup in the tournament.

Sunland Baptist, coached by Jay Philippe, clinched their berth into the final as they chopped down the Anatol Rodgers Timberwolves, coached by Denykco Bowles 54-47 on Saturday night.

Edwin Ferguson led the way for the Stingers with a game high 24 points and Xavier Thompson had 17 in a losing effort for the Timberwolves.

The Falcons, coached by Kevin Clarke, pulled off a 42-38 decision to eliminate the Rattlers, coached by Kevin ‘KJ’ Johnson, who were still in a celebratory mood as the recently crowned GSSSA and Hugh Campbell Basketball Classic champions.

Gianno Murray scored a game high 14 for Tabernacle Baptist Academy and Sebastian Jacques had nine in the loss for CI Gibson.

Here’s a look at the other games played on Saturday:

Anatol Rodgers 51, Gateway Christian 30: Xavier Thompson scored 13 points in the win for the Timberwolves and Sherrick Ellis had 12 in the loss for the Eagles.

CW Saunders 50, CC Sweeting 49: Raymone Woodside scored 11 in the win for the Cougars, while Brenden Danville had a game high 12 in the loss for the Cobras.

CI Gibson 41, St. George’s High 29: The Rattlers got 16 in the win from Condea Smith, but Deryl Williams went down with a game high 24 for the Jaguars.

Tabernacle Baptist 51, Sunland Baptist 50: Jonah Bain came through with 20 for the Falcons in their showdown, while De’Nage Kelly had a game high 25 in the loss for the Stingers.

St. George’s High 46, CW Saunders 41: Kevaro Russell’s 13 points was enough for the Jaguars to overcome the Cougars, who got a game high 16 from Raymone Woodside.

Sunland Baptist 54, Anatol Rodgers 47: Edwin Ferguson produced a game high 24 points as the Stingers eliminated the Timberwolves, who got 17 in the loss from Xavier Thompson.

Friday’s results were as follows:

CI Gibson 43, Gateway Christian 25: Gerard Rolle paced the Rattlers with 15 in the win. Sherrick Ellis had a game high 19 in the loss for the Eagles.

Sunland Baptist Academy 57, CC Sweeting 34: Edwin Ferguson and De’Nage Kelly shared game high honours with 19 each as they routed the Cobras, who also had a pair of high scorers in Emmanuel Adams and Sylvano Gibson with eight apiece.

Tabernacle Baptist 64, CW Saunders 39: Joshua Williams’ game high 18 was enough to push the Falcons to a big win over the Cougars, who got 17 from Raymone Woodside in the loss.

St. George’s 41, Anatol Rodgers 36: Deryl Williams scored a game high 20 points to help lift the Jaguars to their rout over the Timberwolves as Jefferson Bethel put in 11 in the loss.


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